How to Prep Your Home for Sale

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As we continue our search for a new job, we are also prepping the house for sale. Although we haven’t listed it on the market yet, we want it ready to go up as soon as we know where we’ll be moving. By having the home in top condition before listing it, we should be able to sell it in a short time period, without too much back and forth with a potential buyer.
Also once we move, we will not be able to take care of anything in the home, so it needs to be looking good, in case we have to move before it sells.

So before you list your home for sale, I suggest going through room by room and making a list of anything that needs updated, painted, or repaired.  Mark has gone through the home and made this list for us. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we don’t have much else to do.

Master Room
– Clean walls. Possibly repaint
– Fix the broken blinds

Bedroom #1
– Touch up Paint
– Reattach closet door

Bedroom #2
– replace flooring in walk in closet
– scrub walls. Possibly paint

Bedroom #3
– Scrub walls

– Touch up paint
– Fix door jam
– Fix cupboard door
– Touch up paint
Front Room
– Retrim doorway
– Repaint
– fill screw holes

– Touch up paint around window and ceiling
– Spacer between cupboard and wall
– Ceilling edge above stove
– Caulk around attic entrance
– Conceal the back of the cupboard showing
– Trim around pantry doors
– Sand, caulk and paint trim

Family Room
– Paint trim and ceiling
– Paint fireplace top piece
– clean paint off doorknobs

– fill cracks
– paint
– clean doorknob
– Stain hand rail

After you’ve gone through the inside of your home, take a walk around the outside. List any repairs. Make sure the sprinklers are working, the lawn is trim, and weeds are pulled. As a buyer, the lawn is the first thing we see. Make it look good, but don’t invest too much money into it. I enjoy having a lawn to make my own, rather then redo what the previous owner had done. I would say stick to daily upkeep of the yard, and don’t try and do any large projects unless it really needs it.

8 thoughts on “How to Prep Your Home for Sale

  1. Great luck with listing your house for sale! This is a good list for even if you're moving out of a rental-so much easier to do the work yourself than to have them do it and have to pay an arm and a leg for it!

  2. From a buyer's point of view these things are SO important. I was a little nit picky when we bought last year. We were one step away from getting the black light out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Great tips! It's amazing… You think you have a clean home, but then once you take out all of the furniture, you usually notice SO many things that are wrong with it, and it's amazing how dirty it looks!

    It's also amazing what a bit of paint, filling a few holes, and some inexpensive detail pieces can do to totally jazz up your home. Every time we sold a house to move we thought – "Why didn't we do all of this before??" Lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Great tips!

  4. All that elbow grease equals better offers on the home. Of course curb appeal is always a place to put any extra money or effort left over after your "honey-do" list is done. The upside is that if you end up not moving, you will have what feels like a brand-new home. :o)

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